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Times of India
In an attempt to free their jailed terrorist boss Aslam (Rahul Dev), a group of terrorists headed by Anwar (Ravi Kishan) plant a bomb on a flyover in Hyderabad. Their idea is to cause a traffic jam and blackmail the government into releasing Aslam. As fate has it, Krishna Vachan (Sundeep) and Mango (Nithya Menen) are caught in the chaos and unwittingly become a part of the terrorists' plan.
The story begins (quite routinely) with the introduction of Krishna Vachan (Sundeep Kishan) as a child who hates his brother and loves his classmate, Mango (Nithya Menen). The grown up Krishna is an analytical genius who is still in search of his childhood sweetheart. As Tollywood would have it, he conveniently bumps into Mango alias Satyabhama on the Gachibowli flyover in a traffic jam and says "You're lucky. I generally don't look at 'figures' in autos. Satyabhama hates men who refer to women as 'figure' and she goes on a rant. With that interaction, begins their love story. It all takes place in a traffic jam caused by simultaneous accidents that occur on either end of the flyover; all of which is a part of a terrorist plan of attack. The movie unfolds as the hero and heroine get intertwined in the ordeal; and of course, realise that they are long-lost lovers in the process.
The movie is a huge pile of 'what could've been'. It could've been an engaging movie if the narration stuck to the actual plot. But the forced comedy, overly elaborate love story and the Sherlock-esque deduction skills of the hero throws you off. Every time you attempt to pay attention to the storyline, either a comedy track, letter-wielding doves or a song make an appearance unnecessarily.
Sundeep Kishan plays his role pretty convincingly, while Nithya doesn't really have much to do. Ravi Kishan effortlessly fitted the bill of the foot-in-mouth comedy villain. Thanikella Bharani was cast in the movie only for one archaic monologue (paired with stock footages) about how India is a secular nation where Hindus and Muslims live in harmony. The only striking thing about this page-long dialogue is the fact that Bharani is screaming the lines on the top of his lungs to a guy who's standing right beside him.
The movie is outdated. Heroes who win it all are no more appealing. The 'India is better than Pakistan' trope was already getting old around the time of Krishna Vamsi's Khadgam. Anwar (Ravi Kishan) the mastermind who plans a terrorist attack on a metropolitan city is outsmarted by a guy who hates school and can play cards well. It's a decade too late for us to stomach that level of heroism.
On the whole, the movie disappoints because the plot sounded so promising. But I still wonder why the movie is titled
Okka Ammayi Thappa
in the movie had only so much significance. Without her too the story would've survived just fine.
The script is nine years old, so is the execution. A concept which had so much to offer falls flat under distracted direction. The movie pans out in an inescapable traffic jam. It's probably a subtext that the audience should watch it only if they have that kind of free time to kill.